Saturday, 14 July 2012

Make Believe Self Tan Mousse - Review

Hello everyone!
Today I'm going to be sharing my views on the Make Believe Tanning Mousse 200ml*
The Make Believe self tanners work with all skin types and tones, they are split into 5 zones. So depending on how how dark you want your tan to be you can pick between a more natural subtle glow or a deep bronzed look. I think this is a brilliant idea as it make it easier for you to identify which category you fit into best and gives you some indication of how dark you should expect your tan to be.

I received mine in Zone 3 - Medium tan, which for me is a perfect colour match and doesn't make me look too dark!

Colour Zone Guide

Zone 1 Provides a subtle glow. A tonal lift to your natural skin tone.
Zone 2 For a warm glowing look. Gives you that weekend-in-the-sun radiance.
Zone 3 For a medium tanned look. That classic summer holiday tan.
Zone 4 Provides a golden tanned look. Delivers a deep and luscious skin tone.
Zone 5 That very dark tanned look. Delivers a deep and luscious skin tone.

The product

For me this product was very easy to apply and took around 4 hours for the colour to develop however I decided to leave the product on overnight and the colour had deepened more by the time I woke up which I was very happy with! AND no stains on my sheets which again is a huge bonus! 

The product is described as super-light and non-sticky as well as having a lasting exotic fragrance in which I have to disagree! Personally, I found the mousse was quite sticky and it took a while to dry after application. I didn't mind waiting too much though!
I am not overly keen on the scent of the product and within an hour or so after applying the mousse, that classic 'self-tan' smell started to appear. Though I have to say it definitely isn't as strong smelling as some other self-tanning products out there! I would also like to mention that when I showered the next morning the 'biscuity smell' had completely disappeared so don't be put off from trying out this product!

Despite the negative points, the product itself does have many plus points! You really don't need to use a whole lot of product, a little goes a very long way! I like the pump applicator as it is easy to get an even looking tan as you can disperse even amounts of product on each part of your body. For example 2 pumps for your lower left arm and 2 pumps for your lower right arm and so on!
The colour pay off is also fantastic, it is extremely natural looking and doesn't leave you looking orange!
I like that the colour develops quickly, it takes between 2-4 hours for the colour to become noticeable.

The tanner is free from parabens, contains fruit extracts and has has a 'Lipo Care Complex' containing;
  1. Caffeine - helps to stimulate cellulite breakdown.
  2. Co-enzyme A - helps to reduce fatty acids.
  3. Bupleurum Falcatum Root Extract - helps to tighten the skin with firming and toning benefits.
Dispense a palm-sized amount of mousse into your hand and smooth onto clean dry skin. Blend carefully over dryer areas of the body. Can be used for both the face and body and will wear off naturally in a week.
Wash hands after application.

- The directions state to use your hand to apply the product but I always think it's better to use a tanning mitt as it gives easier application and helps to spread the product more evenly than if you used your hands and I don't know about you but I would rather steer clear of patchy hands!

 (Taken with Nikon D3100) more info

  • Paraben free
  • Moisturising blend of rainforest oils
  • Contain anti-oxidants & fruit extracts
  • Lovely packaging, easy pump application
  • A little goes a long way
  • Natural colour
  • Develops quickly
  • Doesn't stain bed sheets etc
  • The fake tan smell disappears after you wash it off the next day 

  • Doesn't smell great and classic 'fake tan' smell starts to seep through as product is developing
  • Quite sticky
  • Takes a good few minutes to dry
  • No colour guard
  • Pricey! Retails at £29.50

Overall my experience with the product was great! I would definitely say it is better than many self-tanning products that I have tried. 

There are a few things that I would change about this product, the smell and the drying time and I also prefer self tanning products to have a colour guard, just because I find it easier to see where the product has been applied. I do think it all comes down to personal preference though, what some people like about this product others might dislike and vice versa!

For me this product is slightly on the pricey side but if you are wanting to treat yourself to a natural looking sun-kissed glow it is definitely worth a try, you won't be disappointed!

*Disclaimer PR sample - My opinions are still 100% honest

Natasha Carly x
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  1. This sounds pretty good and I love self tan mousse! Shame it is quite pricey though x

    1. Yeah I know it's a tad pricey for a student like myself! It looks so lovely on my skin though! I think it would be nice as a treat for yourself and you wouldn't be left disappointed! :) x

  2. I'm actually looking for a new tan so i'll look out for this one:-)
    Found you though bbu blog hop:-)xx

    1. Definitely give it a go! The colour is brill! :) x

  3. You're one of my favourite bloggers so I nominated you for the Liebster award on my blog :D

    Rachel x

  4. I haven't tried any tanning products because I am worried that it might look really unnatural on me since I am quite fair. I really like that this one has so many colour intensity for you to choose from.


    1. I think there will definitely be a colour zone that would suit fair skin tones, that's what I like about the product! It seems to just enhance your natural skin colour to give you a healthy glow without going too dark! :)
      I would highly recommend this product to you! Maybe try Zone 1? x

  5. I've never heard of this brand before, however always been weary of fake tan because I always feel that I will apply it too heavily. Although this does sound good :)


    1. This self tanner is quite easy to apply as it is light so it makes it way to apply thin layers the only thing you have to make sure you do is let it dry properly before applying the next layer :) x

  6. Great review! Don't think I'd be brave enough to try a fake tan which wasn't tinted though - I'm sure I'd end up applying it really unevenly! Following you from the BBU blog hop :) x

    1. Thank you very much! I'm not the best at applying self-tan but I found this one quite easy to use! :) x

  7. Great review, I've never tried a fake tan with no guide colour, I manage streaks with a guide colour lol. x

    1. I know! I was so worried at first but when it dried I was really impressed! It was a lovely natural colour and streak free too! :) x

  8. I use a Makebelieve aerosol tan at the moment for my face hands & feet and I'm loving it! Not as dark as I'd like but I'm definitely going to look at some of the others in the range. I've just found your blog by the way and LOVE it!x

    1. I would love to try that! Might give it a go! :) x

  9. Sounds great! I really like how there are 5 different levels for a tan, as I'm quite pale and some products are just way too much! So nice!

    1. The different zones are fab! Such a great idea! :) x

  10. I never tried a tanning mousse, looks good! I don't like the sticky part though ;)

    1. Yeah I'm not a big fan of the stickiness but luckily it doesn't last too long and when it's dry the stickiness disappears! :) x

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  12. Great review, sounds like the perfect product for a natural looking tan. Will definitely have a look on their website :) xx

  13. one of my best friends is a red-head and very fair.... we recently went to the beach and she informed me her thighs are more tan than mine. truth! i am normally a tan, blonde highlights kind of gal, but guess i don't get out much. i need some added help!

    1. This product could be what you need! :) hope you try it out! x

  14. great review! I really need to get tanned! x

    1. This product is a great tanner! Try it out! :) x

  15. Hi,
    I've nominated you for the Liebster Award on my blog.


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